Elizabeth Beverley Randolph (Mrs. William Randolph II)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

This subject is identified by family tradition. This is a copy painted by John Wollaston in the 1750s of a portrait by an unknown artist. This portrait was commissioned by the subject’s son, William Randolph III of Wilton. Elizabeth Beverley was the daughter of Peter Beverley and Elizabeth Peyton Beverley. She married William Randolph II of Turkey Island. There is a possibility that this portrait represents Mary Isham Randolph (Mrs. William Randolph I).

Dimensions: 36 x 30 in. (91.44 x 76.2 cm.)

The subject wears a brown dress with a white fichu. A brown bow is tied over the fichu. She also wears a black veil over a white veil. Her arms are crossed and rest on a stone pediment.

See: David Meschutt, “John Wollaston’s Portraits of the Randolph Family Owned by the Virginia Historical Society,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 16, 4 (October 1984): 449-473; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 67.

Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 1951.32.